Cowlton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire
and North Yokshire. Although the Staffordshire
origin is more common some families' names are derived from the Norfolk
Early Origins of the Cowlton family
The surname Cowlton was first found in Colton or Coulton, located in Staffordshire
, North Yorkshire
. The places had a variety of listings in the Domesday Book
including Coletuna (Norfolk), Coletune (North Yorkshire) and Coltone (Staffordshire.) However, the meaning of the place names were essentially the same: "farmstead of a man called Cola or Koli" having derived from the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name
+ tun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
placename was originally listed as Coleton in 1202, but its origins may have been much earlier.
Early History of the Cowlton family
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Cowlton Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cowlton family name include Colton, Coulton and others.
Early Notables of the Cowlton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowlton family to Ireland
Some of the Cowlton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cowlton family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cowlton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Nicholas Colton who settled in Virginia in 1643; William Colton settled in Virginia in 1774; Thomas Colton settled in Barbados in 1679; Amos, Charles, James, John, Thomas, and William all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..